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Social Work Futures - Confirmed Speakers

The Steering Committee for Social Work Futures - the SA Joint Agency Social Work Symposium 2017 are pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers.
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‘A most interesting paradigmatic shift is occurring in social work practice in response to the convergence of local, national and international trends. We must ask, however, are we being pushed or are we leading the way.....?”

Charlotte Williams

Charlotte Williams OBE is Professor and Deputy Dean Social Work at RMIT University. She has some 30 years of experience in social work education, the last 10 years of which have been in senior academic leadership roles. Charlotte is a professionally qualified social worker and has worked in a range of social services including housing, health and social development, as well as statutory social work in the UK and internationally. Charlotte has worked extensively with public policy organisations in England and Wales and more recently in Australia. She has held a number of public appointments in the UK and served on Advisory boards of numerous non-governmental organisations. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to ethnic minorities and equal opportunities. Charlotte currently serves as an Executive member of the Australian Heads of Schools of Social work. Charlotte research interests focus on issues of migration, multiculturalism and cross cultural practice. She has recently edited a Special Issue for the leading international journal: British Journal of Social Work entitled: A World on the Move: Migration, Mobilities and Social Work (2014) Vol.44 (1). Her most recent book (2016) ‘Social Work and the City: urban themes in 21st Century Social Work’ is published by Palgrave Macmillan

Amanda Nickson

Dr Amanda Nickson, BSW, MSW, PhD, is a Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University, where she has worked for the last 12 years. Her recently conferred PhD is on Exploring peer group supervision in virtual teams in rural and remote Australia. She has many years of experience as a Supervisor and is currently on the AASW Supervisor Register. Amanda has over 30 years of social work experience in a range of fields – community development, individual and family work, group work, community education, for statutory and non-statutory agencies covering issues as diverse as child protection, juvenile justice, adoptions, health, the Australian Defence Force, homelessness, domestic violence, finance and refugees. She has worked in rural and remote communities as well as metropolitan and regional cities. Amanda has conducted many training workshops for supervisors / field educators of social work field placements and is a leading expert in her field. Details of her publications and experience can be found at or

Christine Craik

Christine Craik has been a Social Worker for 30 years, working mainly in health and crisis work with women and children dealing with family violence and/or child sexual abuse. Christine has worked for 12 years in the response team at the Alfred hospital, working with families of trauma patients. Christine lectures in the Social Work undergraduate and postgraduate programs at RMIT University, and teaches the ‘Working with Violence and Abuse’ subject. Christine is currently the National Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and has been on the Board of the AASW since 2011. Christine is also the Chair of Project Respect, an organization that works to support women and girls who work in, or who have been trafficked into sex work. This currently includes working on a national campaign for an end to commercial sexual abuse of women and girls, and an introduction of sex-buyers legislation in Australia. Christine is currently completing her PhD in the field of family violence looking at the ways in which health professionals (including Social Workers) can improve identification of presentations of family violence.

Deb Lee

Deb is currently the CEO of the Adelaide Primary Health Network (Adelaide PHN), which formally commenced on 1 July 2015 to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of primary healthcare services in the Adelaide metropolitan region and to improve the coordination of patient care. Deb has extensive Management experience within both the Community and Health sectors. She is a qualified clinical therapist (member of the AASW) and has extensive Mental Health qualifications and experience. She is currently completing her MBA

Donna McAuliffe

Donna McAuliffe is Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching) and Professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University. She has a social work practice background in mental health, legal social work, community development and program management, and moved into academia in 2000 to develop curriculum and research on professional ethics. Donna has been actively involved with the AASW for over 30 years and led the last revision of the AASW Code of Ethics (2010). She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work. She is co-author of the 4th edition text 'Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice' and sole author of the book ‘Interprofessional Ethics: Collaboration in the Social, Health and Human Services’. Donna’s current research agenda is in ‘e-professionalism’ and the ethics of social media.

Fiona Glover

Fiona, BSW, MMHSc, MAASW, Dip Mgmnt, is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, who holds a Master of Mental Health Sciences (Flinders University of South Australia) with expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and holds a Diploma in Management. Fiona has worked in a number of public and private settings, commencing her career as a clinician in Child Adolescent Mental Health Services where she worked in both metropolitan and rural locations. Fiona has worked in private practice for the past 10 years and is now founder and director of an Integrated Wellbeing Centre in the Adelaide Hills, where she specializes in management of complex anxiety and depression, perinatal mental health, positive psychology, and mindfulness based CBT. Fiona is currently an Associate Lecturer with the CBT postgraduate programs at Flinders University co-coordinating the Low Intensity CBT topic and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals, and provides clinical supervision for LiCBT coaches with Remedy Health Care, Central and Outback Health. As part of her role with Flinders University she also provides training and to organisations wishing to develop their LiCBT and Clinical Supervision programs and was a founding supervisor for the New Access LiCBT pilot programs commissioned by Beyond Blue.

Lorna Hallahan

Lorna Hallahan has over 30 years experience in social advocacy, particularly in the area of disability, Lorna also has 10 years’ experience as an academic social worker with expertise in developing and offering learning opportunities for student social workers and most recently has experience as an Independent reviewer of the SA Adoption Act.

Lia Bryant

Lia Bryant is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia and is Director for the Centre for Social Change. Her research interests focus on rural community wellbeing and her current projects are on disability in rural areas and farmer suicide. She has published widely in referred journals and has published two authored books with Routledge: Gender and Rurality (2011) co-authored with Barbara Pini; and Water and Rural Communities: Local Politics Meaning and Place (2016) with Jodie George. She has four edited books and her most recent include Bryant, L (Ed) Critical and Creative Research Methodologies in Social Work (2015) Routledge and Social Work in a Glocalised World (2017) Livholts, M and Bryant, L (Eds), Routledge.

Paula Redpath

Paula, MMHS, AMHSW (Acc), MAASW, BA (Hons), is the Course Lead for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Programs in the School of Medicine at Flinders University. As a Consultant Psychotherapist, Paula has extensive clinical experience having spent the past 15 years in a range of clinical settings working with people with mild, moderate and severe psychological disorders. Paula has been the Course Lead for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) postgraduate programs for the last four years. Paula’s areas of interest are clinical supervision for interdisciplinary health professionals, high prevalence psychological disorders, cognitive behavioural therapies and digital therapeutics. Paula provides consultancy and training workshops to numerous South Australian organisations on motivational interviewing and behaviour change, focussed psychological therapies for anxiety and depression and clinical supervision.

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